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A force for good: How B Corps are shaping the future of sustainable business

With the B Corp movement continuing to gain momentum, this one-hour webinar will hear from the inspirational leaders and experts who have gone through the certification process and are actively making business a force for good among workers, suppliers, communities, and the environment.

Asos will also ensure that at least 50% of leadership-level positions within the company a represented by women by 2030

Asos targets net-zero value chain by 2030 as part of sweeping new ESG strategy

Online fashion retailer Asos has launched a new sweeping sustainability strategy, outlining plans to deliver a net-zero value chain, embed circular design principles, increase human rights transparency and improve leadership-level diversity across the organisation, by 2030 at the latest.

Supply chains including coffee and tea (pictured) are already being affected by the physical impacts of the climate crisis. Image: Co-op

Don't neglect climate justice in net-zero transition, Co-op urges other businesses

The Co-operative Group is urging other businesses to follow its lead and pledge to protect the people and communities likely to be hit by physical climate impacts and affected by the transition to net-zero.

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The Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside the Co-op's 10-point climate action plan

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie is hosting a monthly podcast series exploring target development and delivery. This month, we speak to the Co-operative Group.

Products with the new labels will reach Lidl's Scottish stores this autumn

Lidl to trial traffic light 'eco-labels' this autumn

Lidl GB will add new on-pack 'eco labels' to dozens of its most popular own-brand product lines this October, giving shoppers more information about the carbon and biodiversity impact of their choices.

edie Explains: Sub-metering

What is sub-metering? What are the different ways an organisation can use submetering? What are the business benefits of sub- metering? What is the cost of installing sub-meters? And, how can sub-metering support other aspects of a business’ net-zero journey? This new Explains guide from edie answers all of these questions and more.

The UK Government has faced mounting pressure to provide more long-term clarity for businesses on approaching the net-zero transition

Retail, tech and manufacturing: UK Net-Zero Business Champion urges firms to bolster climate targets

Andrew Griffith MP, the UK COP26 Unit's Net-Zero Business Champion, has published open letters to retail, technology and manufacturing firms, urging them to commit to halving emissions by 2030 on the road to net-zero by 2050 at the latest.

The hub contains advice for both online and bricks-and-mortar retailers 

New online hub to help UK's independent retailers become more sustainable

After much recent research concluding that UK-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are struggling to improve their environmental credentials, the Retail Sector Council (RSC) has launched a new digital hub offering practical advice.

The new scheme is based on a successful trial at 14 stores over a six-week period this summer

Dixons Carphone launches nationwide polystyrene takeback scheme

Electrical and telecommunications retailer Dixons Carphone has unveiled fresh new commitments to embrace the circular economy, including making all its own-label products packaging reusable or recyclable by 2023 and introducing a nationwide rollout of an in-store takeback scheme for polystyrene.

Pictured: The in-store collection boxes at Pets at Home (left) and Wilko (right)

Pets at Home launches packaging recycling scheme as Wilko extends face mask collections

Retailer Pets at Home has introduced in-store recycling points for flexible pet food packaging at 40 stores, while Wilko has confirmed that its in-store face mask recycling points will remain in place.

Beauty businesses of all sizes are eligible to join the coalition. Image: Beauty Kitchen

New beauty industry coalition to accelerate sector's net-zero transition

Lush, Avon and Walgreens Boots Alliance are among the founding members of a new sustainability coalition for the beauty industry, which will develop shared goals on climate action and other pressing issues.

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Amazon moves to reduce product waste after accusations of destroying unused goods

Amazon has introduced two new programmes aimed at helping third-party businesses selling through its platform to resell returned items and excess stock, shortly after it was accused of destroying these products from UK warehouses.

Pictured: A member of the RETURE team working on a repair at the Oxford Street store. Image: Selfridges 

Selfridges unveils circular economy offerings for weddings as SEEN launches beauty packaging recycling

Retail giant Selfridges has launched a new service enabling wedding parties to rent outfits and accessories or to buy second-hand, in the same week that beauty agency SEEN Group is debuting a new recycling scheme for beauty product packaging.

The integration of renewables has contributed to a 22.7% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions against a 2018 baseline

Sky powered by 100% renewables globally

Broadcaster Sky is now powered by 100% renewable electricity across its entire operations, meeting a commitment to the RE100 initiative and building towards its net-zero target for 2030.

The supermarket introduced reusable alternatives to produce bags in 2019. Image: Lidl GB

Lidl vows to remove two billion pieces of plastic packaging by the end of 2022

After removing more than one billion pieces of plastic from UK stores, Lidl GB has set new ambitions to reduce plastic packaging further.

Dixons Carphone operates 14 brands across eight countries, including Currys PC World here in the UK

Dixons Carphone and Dassault Systèmes unveil new science-based climate targets

Technology retailer Dixons Carphone and software giant Dassault Systèmes have had updated climate targets approved in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

There are now 76 product lines available in a refill format. Image: Asda

Asda expands plastic-free refill offering

Asda has more than doubled the number of product lines available in refillable formats at the first store to trial the offering, located in Middleton, Leeds.

Last month, the company revealed that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16% over the last year, as it builds towards a net-zero carbon goal set for 2040

Asda to move entire company car fleet to EVs by 2025

Asda has confirmed it will move its entire company car fleet of 600 vehicles to electric by 2025, a move that will save more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions on the road to net-zero.

Shell wants to install 800 charging points across the Waitrose estate by 2025

Waitrose teams with Shell to install EV charge points across UK stores

Waitrose has announced it is working with Shell to install 800 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in up to 100 stores across the UK by 2025.

Scope 3 emissions account for 98% of the company's emissions

Lidl commits to carbon neutrality by 2022

Lidl GB has announced plans to become a carbon-neutral business by 2022 alongside wider commitments to reduce operational emissions and encouraging key suppliers to set their own climate commitments.

#SustyTalk: Alpkit CEO David Hanney on B-Corp certification

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with outdoor brand Alpkit's co-founder and chief executive David Hanney.

Asos has also confirmed plans to set science-based emissions goals next year

Asos reduced emissions by 13% in 2020, despite pandemic parcel boom

Online fashion giant Asos has revealed a 13% year-on-year reduction in its carbon footprint for 2020, despite a surge in sales as lockdown restrictions forced physical stores to close.

Live emissions and energy data from the net-zero pilot restaurant will be used to inform a roadmap to decarbonisation across the KFC UK&I estate

KFC and Pilgrim's target net-zero by 2040

KFC UK & Ireland has announced a new commitment to reach net-zero ten years ahead of the legal deadline of 2050, in the same week that meat giant Pilgrim's announced a global net-zero target, also for 2040.

Each of the four founding retailers already has climate targets aligned with Race to Zero requirements - unlike 95% of the global sector. Image: Walmart

Race to Zero: Retailers forge new climate-focused collaboration

H&M Group, Walmart, Kingfisher and Ikea's parent company Ingka Group have launched a new initiative designed to help retailers collaborate in overcoming challenges on the transition to net-zero.

Amazon's overarching emissions goal is net-zero by 2040

Amazon's carbon footprint grew 19% in 2020 amid pandemic parcel boom

Amazon has revealed that its absolute global carbon emissions rose 19% year-on-year in 2020, largely due to increased demand for online shopping as lockdown restrictions forced physical stores to close.

The report forms part of the Foundation's ongoing 'Fossil Fashion' campaign

Report: 60% of sustainability claims by fashion giants are greenwashing

A study of the websites of 12 of the biggest British and European fashion brands, including Asos, H&M and Zara, has found that 60% of the environmental claims could be classed as "unsubstantiated" and "misleading".

The retailer has committed to moving its entire heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fleet from diesel to gas by 2024

Asda reduces emissions by 16% over 12-month period

Supermarket giant Asda has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16% over the last year, as it builds towards a net-zero carbon goal set for 2040.

Target's share price increased after the company unveiled the new commitments late on Tuesday (22 June)

Target pledges to reach net-zero and become a 'circular' business by 2040

US retail giant Target has outlined a sweeping new sustainability vision through to 2040, including commitments to net-zero emissions and eliminating waste.

Items marked "destroy" are said to be a mix of unsold and returned goods 

Amazon accused of wasting and destroying mountains of unsold products in the UK

Online retail giant Amazon has been accused of destroying millions of unsold items every year by ITV, which sent journalists to film undercover at the Dunfermline warehouse.

Hundreds of shareholder motions on climate have been filed this year already

'Votes have jumped dramatically': Why investors are pressing companies to accelerate climate action

The 2021 AGM season saw a flurry of climate-related shareholder resolutions being filed - and passed - at the world's biggest banks and fossil fuel majors. Here, edie interviews the architects of these resolutions to get an inside look at their development and growing success.

All three companies are aligning targets with the Paris Agreement pathways

Kingfisher, DS Smith and Turner & Townsend unveil science-based targets

Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has had carbon reduction targets consistent with the required pace to limit global warming to the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), while both packaging firm DS Smith and consultants Turner & Townsend have unveiled net-zero commitments.

Domino's is currently working on setting science-based targets

Domino's introduces electric mopeds into delivery fleet

Pizza brand Domino's is set to introduce more than 200 electric mopeds for deliveries across London, after trialling the vehicles from NIU Technologies.

POP is manufactured using litter that is collected within 30 miles of a coastline. Image: Waitrose & Partners 

Waitrose and Aldi to use ocean-bound plastics for packaging on dozens of products

Waitrose & Partners has marked World Oceans Day (8 June) by unveiling plans to add ocean-bound plastics to packaging across 71 products, including ready meals, fruit and vegetables.

Kingfisher is already working with partners including the Forest Stewardship Council, British Retail Consortium and the Rainforest Alliance to deliver its updated sustainability and community goals

Kingfisher enters £550m sustainability and community-linked loan

Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has signed for a £550m revolving credit facility agreement (RCF) with interest rates linked to environmental and community targets.

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Amazon could be forced to disclose its plastic footprint

E-commerce giant Amazon's shareholders will vote this week on whether the firm should adopt a resolution requiring it to disclose how much plastic packaging it produces - and how much of this is likely to end up polluting the environment.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Can we deliver a green recovery for retail?

With 'non-essential' shops back open in the UK after lockdown, episode 102 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores how the retail sector can deliver a green recovery.

Businesses that sign up will receive climate-related support from the likes of NatWest, Google, Scottish Power and BT

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges UK SMEs to make net-zero commitments

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a rallying call to the UK's small and medium-sized (SME) businesses to make small steps to reduce emissions and contribute to the UK's net-zero target for 2050.

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edie launches new business guide on the circular economy

Organisations looking to accelerate the transition to a circular economy now have access to a comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a zero-waste world.

Image: Arc'teryx 

Circular economy: Arc'teryx launches resale, care and repair services

Outdoor clothing and equipment brant Arc'teryx has launched a new programme enabling consumers to resell, repair, upcycle and extend the life of their products.

In a bid to appease increasingly environmentally-minded consumers, many businesses are overstating their positive impact, the CMA believes 

'Be clear and upfront': CMA urges UK businesses to avoid greenwashing

After finding that 40% of sustainability-related claims by businesses online could be misleading, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set out recommendations on avoiding greenwashing.

Soft and flexible plastics from all brands will be accepted, including plastic bags

Aldi launches in-store recycling scheme for problem plastics

Aldi has added collection points for soft and flexible plastics, which most UK councils do not collect from homes, to 20 of its UK stores.

Pictured: InstaVolt's rapid charging hub in Necton

Costa Coffee to install EV chargers at hundreds of UK drive-thrus

Costa Coffee has announced plans to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers at up to 200 of its UK drive-thru locations.

Image: Amazon

Amazon launches inaugural sustainability bond, priced at $1bn

E-commerce giant Amazon has issued a $1bn sustainability-focussed bond, with funds raised set to assist the delivery of the firm's low-carbon and social sustainability targets.

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Made.com launches giving platform for used homewares in circular economy push

Online home and lifestyle retailer Made.com has launched a new service enabling customers to list used goods for resale or free donation, as part of its drive to become a "truly circular business'.

'Non-essential' retailers were permitted to open again in England in April, following almost four months of lockdown restrictions. Pictured: Stores in Oxford 

UK's retail giants 'have halved emissions since 2005'

An analysis of the climate footprint of dozens of the UK's best-known retailers has revealed that the sector's carbon emissions are down 49% on 2005 levels.

Image: Pandora

Pandora to ditch mined diamonds over sustainability concerns

The world's largest jewellery brand, Pandora, has announced plans to stop sourcing mined diamonds and to switch to only lab-grown alternatives.

Deforestation is believed to have accelerated amid Covid-19, and green groups are concerned that new legislation could make the problem worse still

From Aldi to Waitrose: UK food giants threaten to boycott Brazilian suppliers over deforestation

A string of big-name supermarkets, food-to-go chains, suppliers and manufacturers have threatened to boycott Brazilian products if lawmakers there do not bolster laws designed to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Pictured: Ikea's Greenwich store

Ikea launches buy-back service in all UK stores

Following a string of Covid-19-related delays, Ikea has launched its long-awaited buy-back scheme for furniture across its UK stores.

Offsetting will be used as the Co-op works to reduce the footprint of products directly by 11% by 2025 

Co-op targets carbon neutrality across own-brand food and drink by 2025

In what it claims is a first for a UK supermarket, the Co-op has pledged to ensure that all own-brand food and drink products are carbon neutral by 2025.

Oddbox’s own product surplus is also donated to charities The Felix Project and City Harvest

B Corp Oddbox targets net-zero emissions by 2030

Surplus fruit and vegetable redistributor Oddbox has unveiled new pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 and reduce emissions by saving 150,000 tonnes of food waste by 2025.

Globally, the fashion sector accounts for 8-10% of annual emissions and results in a bin lorry of waste every second

Textiles 2030: Fashion giants pledge to halve climate impacts

A string of big-name fashion brands including Primark, JD Sports and ASOS have joined a new WRAP initiative mandating them to halve emissions by 2030, with a longer-term view to reaching net-zero.

Carbon footprint calculator tool provider Doconony also works with the likes of Mastercard

Klarna to show consumers the carbon footprint of their shopping

'Buy now, pay later' platform Klarna has launched a new tool that lets customers track the carbon footprint of their purchases.

Mulberry's new strategy comes ahead of Earth Day on Thursday (22 April)

Regenerative and circular net-zero transition: Inside Mulberry's new sustainability strategy

In an exclusive interview with edie, Mulberry's chief executive Thierry Andretta explains how its new ambitions to reach net-zero by 2035 and champion transparency, regeneration and circularity will be delivered.

If successful, the trial could be rolled out to other stores

Aldi launches packaging-free refillable trial

Aldi has today (14 April) launched its first trial of packaging-free products, with a variety of rice and pasta on offer as part of a new refillable service.

By some estimates, the global fashion sector uses 90 billion plastic bags and covers every year - with most being 100% virgin plastic 

Retailers including Morrisons and Superdry roll-out recycling solution for plastic fashion packaging

A string of big-name UK retailers have started rolling out recycled polythene packaging for garments and accessories, ahead of a new tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

UK peatlands store more than three billion tonnes of carbon

Co-op bans sale of peat-based compost to reduce emissions

Retailer Co-op has introduced a ban on peat-based compost in a bid to help customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions footprint and reach its own carbon commitments.

Pictured: World of Books' warehouse operations 

UK's largest used books business targets carbon neutrality by 2022

World of Books Group, the UK's largest retailer for used books, has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2022.

The commitments, from both firms, cover global operations. Image: HelloFresh

Climate and waste: HelloFresh and Superdrug make new sustainability commitments

Meal-kit giant HelloFresh has pledged to halve food waste by 2022, in the same week that Superdrug's parent company, A.S. Watson Group, committed to eliminate unnecessary packaging.

Both organisations have successfully removed plastics from a range of products

Ocado and KP Snacks detail progress on plastic phase-outs

Online retailer Ocado had launched a refresh of its own-range products that will remove more than nine million pieces of packaging while also reducing the amount of plastic used, while KP Snacks has also announced packaging reductions.

Dixons Carphone operates 14 brands across eight countries, including Currys PC World here in the UK. Collectively, these brands have around 10,000 suppliers.

Dixons Carphone plots path to net-zero supply chain emissions

After pledging to become a net-zero business by 2040, Dixons Carphone has announced plans to help its 10,000 suppliers measure and reduce their climate impact.

Pictured: A customer using the Farfetch Donate scheme, run in partnership with Thrift+

Circular economy models reduce costs and boost sales for major fashion brands

Outerwear brand FW and fashion platform Farfetch have revealed the results of two-year pilots of circular economy models, pledging to expand them following positive financial results.

BooHoo group has faced several allegations of worker underpayment in recent months, relating to factories in Leicester, where some 40% of its product lines are made

Boohoo could lose right to export to US over forced labour claims

US authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into online fast-fashion giant Boohoo Group's supply chain practices, following allegations of worker exploitation at supplier factories in Leicester.

Circular models involve designing out waste and pollution and keeping products and materials in use 

Survey: Circular economy businesses outperform those that take, make and dispose

Companies using circular economy models like refill, resale and repair generate have seen sharper revenue upticks than their traditional competitors, new market research has found.

'Principal partner' is the highest level of sponsorship for the conference, which has been described as the most important since the Paris Agreement was ratified in 2015

Sainsbury's confirmed as principal partner for COP26

Supermarket Sainsbury's has signed for the highest tier of sponsorship for COP26, ahead of the event in Glasgow this November.

A new sourcing policy will also be introduced, which Greggs will report annually on

Greggs targets carbon neutrality and improved diversity through new sustainability pledges

Food retailer Greggs has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments that will see it become a carbon-neutral business, use 100% renewable energy, reduce packaging waste by a quarter and improve workforce diversity.

Lockdown, aside from meaning we spend more time at home, has changed shopping habits

eBay: Shoppers increasingly looking for 'eco' and 'sustainable' homewares during lockdown

eBay has revealed that searches for 'eco furniture' and 'sustainable furniture' have more than doubled year-on-year, suggesting that shoppers are increasingly looking for pre-owned and refurbished products due to lockdown.

Jessica applies learnings from her BSc in environment, economics and ecology in her energy management work

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Jessica Foster, Bensons for Beds Retail

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Bensons for Beds' group energy manager Jessica Foster.

Many of the new signatories already have targets to reach - or go beyond - net-zero

Climate Pledge: 20 businesses including IBM and Iceland Foods join Amazon's net-zero commitment

Tech giant IBM, supermarket Iceland Foods and food supplier Cranswick are among the 20 new signatories of Amazon and Global Optimism's Climate Pledge, which requires members to target net-zero by 2040 at the latest.

Ocado trialled a dedicated virtual shelf for B-Corp products two years ago, with then-supply partner Waitrose. Image: Ocado 

Purpose-led products: Ocado launches a dedicated aisle for B-Corp brands

Online supermarket Ocado has launched a dedicated virtual 'aisle' showcasing products from B-Corp certified brands, as customers increasingly look for more sustainable groceries.

Pictured: One of Sainsbury's' zero-emission electric 'Evie' vans

Sainsbury's outlines science-based targets to slash emissions on the path to net-zero

Sainsbury's has unveiled a new ambition to reduce emissions from its supply chain by 30% by 2030, as it strives to become a net-zero business by 2040.

The trial is part of Ocado Retail’s target to become net-zero by 2035

Ocado trials electric vehicles for rapid deliveries

Ocado has launched a trial of electric vehicles (EVs) for its rapid grocery delivery service in the heart of London, as part of the retailer's ongoing commitment to reaching net-zero emissions.

Depop has more than 26 million users, and 90% of them are aged 24 or under. Image: Depop

Sustainable fashion: Depop targets climate neutrality by the end of the year

Marketplace app Depop, best known for second-hand and custom fashion, has pledged to compensate for its entire climate footprint by the end of 2021 and to do more to prevent waste.

Image: Waitrose & Partners, taken pre-Covid-19

Waitrose Unpacked: Supermarket unveils next steps for plastic-busting refill scheme

After trials of packaging-free, refillable products proved popular with shoppers and reduced the supermarket's plastic footprint, Waitrose & Partners is planning to make the format easier to use - and to roll it out to more stores in future.

Less meat is the only pathway to tackling deforestation scarring soy supply chains

Voluntary commitments to sustainable soy supply chains won't stick in the face of ongoing deforestation scandals. Retailers and investors urgently need a Plan B, argues Feedback Global's Daniel Jones.

Tesco has a long-standing partnership with WWF to help drive progress towards key sustainability targets

Tesco removes one billion pieces of plastic packaging

In 2019, Tesco pledged to remove one billion pieces of plastic packaging from its UK business by the end of 2020. The UK's biggest supermarket has now revealed it has met the lofty target by working closely with suppliers and own-brand design teams.

From plastic-free packaging to low-emissions deliveries, the UK plays hosts to many brands touting sustainable festive offerings

Plastic-free festive food and re-planted trees: How are businesses working to make Christmas more sustainable?

Retailers and delivery firms have faced challenge after challenge in 2020, having to re-adjust ways of working to get essential goods to those in need amid lockdown restrictions. Yet many have also managed to ensure that Christmas won't be the most wasteful - or emissions-intense - time of the year.

Zalando’s online platform caters to 35 million customers in 17 markets

Zalando completes brand assessments as part of environmental disclosure drive

Online fashion retailer Zalando has disclosed its Tier 1 private fashion label suppliers in an efforts to drive transparency across the value chain, and is expecting brand partners to gain a full understanding of their key suppliers also.

Kingfisher’s role as a founding partner will be to support the implementation of Integrated Community Forest Management approaches. Image credit Rainforest Alliance

Kingfisher partners with Rainforest Alliance on 'forest positive' commitment

B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher has announced a new partnership with the Rainforest Alliance that will help the corporate become "forest negative" by 2025.

Oliver joined M&S full-time in 2017, having previously undertaken contracted work for the retailer

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Oliver Knowles, M&S Property

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: M&S Property's R&D manager, Oliver Knowles.

No information has been released as to what the revamped Plan A will include, but M&S did commit to net-zero emissions in 2020

M&S to relaunch Plan A sustainability strategy

M&S is planning to relaunch its industry-leading Plan A sustainability programme in 2021 to reflect on the changing environmental and social needs globally, with a new ESG Board Sub-Committee to be set up to scrutinise the strategy.

WHSmith will engage with suppliers to agree on a set of pathways to achieve net-zero for Scope 3 emissions by 2040

WHSmith targets net-zero emissions by 2025

Retailer WHSmith has unveiled a new five-year sustainability plan to reduce its operational emissions to zero by 2025, with the company set to engage with suppliers to help them become net-zero.

Image: Bensons For Beds

Just Eat, Co-Op and Bensons for Beds launch new EV schemes in time for festive deliveries

Retail giants Co-Op and Bensons for Beds, as well as takeaway delivery platform Just Eat, have launched new electric bikes and vans in time for Christmas.

Pictured: The rooftop solar array at Amazon's Tilbury fulfillment centre

Amazon reveals plans for 26 new large-scale renewable energy projects

Amazon has confirmed a major renewable energy investment project that will see it finance the construction of 26 new wind and solar projects totalling 3.4GW of generation capacity.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (centre) presents the Ikea team with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Ikea's Greenwich store

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Built Environment Project of the Year, Ikea.

Covid-19 can reinforce the green business case

Reconomy's head of sustainability Nathan Gray reflects on the appetite for businesses to drive a green recovery as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The report has been created in assistance with Reconomy and uses exclusive results from edie’s green recovery survey of 243 sustainability and energy professionals

Report: Can the retail sector deliver a green recovery?

edie has published a new report detailing how retailers can build back better from the coronavirus pandemic by aligning long-term strategies with the need to combat the climate crisis, foster new innovations and ultimately spur a green recovery.

Black Friday is usually seen as the antithesis of sustainability 

What does the green recovery mean for Black Friday?

After a month of lockdown restrictions, many UK retailers are looking forward to Black Friday to boost profits. But with consumers increasingly prioritising purpose and sustainability, and with the green recovery movement gaining traction, what will the sales event look like in 2020 and beyond?

Pictured: Ikea's veggie hot dog

Half of Ikea meals to be plant-based by 2025

Retail giant Ikea has pledged to ensure that 50% of the main meals offered in its restaurants, and 80% of the pre-packaged foods it sells, are plant-based by 2025.

Amali joined Lidl GB in 2017 and has helped to develop its first responsible sourcing strategy

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Amali Bunter, Lidl GB

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Lidl GB's senior responsible sourcing manager Amali Bunter.

Pictured: One of Tesco's fully-electric home delivery vans

Tesco targets net-zero by 2035, accelerating climate plan

Tesco has set a 2035 net-zero target for its UK business, bringing the date forward from 2050 after fresh investment in renewable energy and electric vehicles (EV).

Hollie has been with Aldi for around four years and plays a core role in delivering against its plastics reduction targets

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Hollie Clark, Aldi UK

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Hollie Clark, Aldi UK's corporate responsibility manager.

Many have taken time during lockdown to clear out their wardrobes, repair clothes and educate themselves

WRAP: Lockdown has made Brits more aware of fashion's environmental impact

Almost two-thirds of adults in the UK say that lockdown has brought home the importance of their clothing lasting longer, and been a time in which they've learned more about the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

The announcement for the BRC comes at a challenging time for the retail sector

UK retail sector pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2040

More than 60 leading retailers, including Pret UK, Burberry, Sainsbury's and Missguided, have pledged to support a new collaborative roadmap to transform the sector and its supply chain to net-zero emissions by 2040.

Cathryn joined the Co-op in the 1990s as a scientific advisor

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet the Co-op's Cathryn Higgs

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Our Sustainability Leader of the Year 2020, the Co-op's head of food policy Cathryn Higgs.

Products from small, independent businesses will be listed, as well as products from corporate giants like Unilever 

‘Climate Pledge Friendly’: Amazon opens virtual aisle for more sustainable products

Amazon has become the latest retailer to signpost more sustainable products, launching a 'Climate Pledge Friendly' filter for shoppers in Europe.

Switches already made at Iceland stores include cardboard packaging for frozen lines like pies and desserts; paper shopping bags, instead of plastic bags-for-life; and loose vegetables and fruit instead of pre-bagged multipacks

Iceland trials plastic-free bread and potato packaging as Subway debuts cardboard salad boxes

Supermarket giant Iceland has begun trialling plastic-free packaging on products including potatoes and loaves of bread, in the same week that Subway confirmed plans to phase-out plastic salad bowls.

Amy joined Sainsbury's in 2014 and has made the jump from HR to sustainability within the business

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Amy Blackwell, Sainsbury's

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Amy Blackwell, utilities and carbon reporting manager at Sainsbury's.

edie explains: Science-based targets

What makes emissions targets "science-based"? How can businesses go beyond 2C alignment and strive for 1.5C? And what role do these targets play in the net-zero movement? This free edie explains guide answers all of these questions and more.

The retailer operates on a model whereby all staff are 'Partners' in the business. Image: JLP

John Lewis Partnership brings net-zero target forward to 2035

Waitrose and John Lewis' parent company has committed to becoming a net-zero business by 2035 - 15 years sooner than originally planned - as part of a sweeping new business strategy.


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